Long may it wave.Photo: Luigi AnzivinoOh, say -- can you see, by the dawn's early light? Broke-Ass can, though when her electricity gets turned off tomorrow, that's about the only light by which Broke-Ass and the crew at the Rancho will be seeing anything. God Bless America! Yet, in spite of the blunt reality that she is flat-out cashless until her book comes out (July 12!) -- and that she lives in a country in which corporate interests threaten to trump availability of safe drinking water; in which there is neither decent, affordable health nor child care; in which fair …
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Susan Gregory Thomas (a.k.a. Broke-Ass Grouch) is a journalist and the author of Buy, Buy Baby: How Consumer Culture Manipulates Parents and Harms Young Minds, and the upcoming memoir In Spite of Everything, to be published by Random House in July 2011. Formerly a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and co-host of public television's Digital Duo, she has also written for Time, The Washington Post, Glamour, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.